*UPDATE* BODY-WORN CAMERA FUNDING
Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Funding Opportunities by States
Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have legislated funding opportunities for state and local police departments to purchase body camera equipment, hire new support staff and operate or purchase data systems.
California (for a pilot program) and Nevada (for full department implementation) appropriated funds to their state highway patrols to implement body camera programs. California also authorized the Board of State and Community Corrections to provide grants to local law enforcement agencies for initiatives that strengthen community-police relations, including any one-time body camera program costs.
North Carolina and Texas created matching grant programs to support law enforcement agencies in the development of their body camera programs. In North Carolina, the fund will be administered by the Governor’s Crime Commission and agencies must provide $2 for every $1 of grant funds received. In Texas, the office of the governor is required to administer the grant program, which will require a match of 25 percent of grant funds by participating police departments.
Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, and Massachusetts also created grant programs to aid local police departments with the purchase and operation of body-worn cameras. Massachusetts implemented a competitive grant program for municipalities to develop pilot programs. The secretary of public safety and security shall distribute grants on a competitive basis, reviewing applicants’ plans for camera use, privacy protections, video retention and access, and program evaluation. Connecticut’s law created separate grants-in aid for state police (totaling $2 million) and local police departments (totaling $13 million,) for the purchase of body-worn camera equipment and digital data storage.
South Carolina’s law creates a body-worn cameras fund, administered by the public safety coordinating council, to assist police with the costs of buying, operating and maintaining all necessary equipment. In South Carolina the law requires all departments in the state to implement a body-worn camera program, but not until they receive full state funding.
The District of Columbia’s new law created the Metropolitan Police Department Body-Worn Camera Fund for the purpose of procuring a vendor to redact body-worn camera footage. According to the Act’s fiscal statement, the cost of supporting video redaction efforts is estimated to be $10,266,424 over the next four fiscal years.